General Technology

jbminn

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This is the second time I’ve encountered a 502 error while attempting to connect to my mail account. This is not a very encouraging sign, as I’ve used the service for only about four months. Google has hundreds (maybe thousands) of servers assigned to GMail. What actually happens in these cases? Is a commodity server box failing while it is still in rotation? I’d like to see a better explanation than a mildly fancified 502 page.

jbminn

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I’m really beginning to wonder about Leopard. In all the time I had Tiger – on both a G4 Powerbook as well as on this Macbook Pro – not a single kernel panic, ever. Just had my first one this morning on Leopard. It looks like the Airport driver crashed hard. Something else that is interesting - Leopard apparently still uses the Darwin kernel. I didn’t know that: Tags: apple,

jbminn

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I IM’ed a friend yesterday to let him know I no longer used facebook. He asked why, and I told him I no longer trusted facebook. The truth is – I never really trusted them; it simply took a while for that to sink in and for me to take action. I wiped as much as I could from my account & deactivated it – not surprisingly, you cannot delete your account. Trust is the single most important factor of any of my online activities. Simple utility isn’t the differentiation any more, as there are many choices today for even arcane services.

jbminn

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This is pretty interesting. As the blogosphere started to get into this story, I (and many others of course) already knew the plot, the main characters, and the cliff-hanger ending to “today’s episode”. Kara Swisher: http://kara.allthingsd.com/20080103/free-the-scoble-5000/ Techcrunch: http://www.techcrunch.com/2008/01/03/plaxo-flubs-it/ How? Twitter. You mean [this][1] Twitter? Um, yes, that one. Twitter is about instant whatever. Tags: twitter, scoble, facebook [1]: http://commavee.com/2007/03/27/twitter-instant-demographics/

jbminn

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I replaced my Treo 650 with an iPhone last summer, and have been pleased with the results. Here’s what I’ve noticed in the past six months. Email It is not push, but when I pull it – it is fast & complete. Though I initially ran my own email server (for years), I’ve recently switched to Gmail IMAP & everything works & syncs perfectly. I have no complaints about email on the iPhone.

jbminn

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Since Gmail began supporting IMAP, setting up Gmail to work with both Apple Mail & the iPhone is a common need for those of us with both iPhones and new Macbooks. I began using Gmail about two weeks and had noticed the inconsistencies mentioned in the below article, and was both pleased to see that the solution was so simple as well as slightly embarrassed that I hadn’t yet resolved the issue myself.

jbminn

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This is simply a fantastic quote (and in my mind incredibly on-target): “This mantra of ‘openness’ is everywhere nowadays. Facebook gets $15 billion valuation after it ‘opens up’ its platform to outside developers. Never mind the fact that Facebook is a one-way data roach motel where users’ metadata remains behind the company’s walled garden.” Ouch. http://counternotions.com/2007/10/25/motorola-on-iphone/ Tags: facebook, iphone

jbminn

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Based on what comes through my inbox, I am seeing a firm trend away from malicious, designed-to-destroy-your-hard-drive-virus-laden messages. The payload of spam today is focused on money, through use of one of these two techniques: Getting the recipient to take action that results in confirming an address (a click-back indicates the address is valid, a human read it, and clicked on the payload – this is a golden address and is worth more to the list sellers), or, Getting the recipient to actually make a purchase.

jbminn

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I found myself explaining Yum recently, and thought that it would make a good posting. What is Yum and why do I want to use it instead of RPM? The short answer is you use it with RPM. Yum is Yellow Dog Updater – Modified. It can best be described as everything you wish RPM was, but never got around to becoming. See [here][1] for more about Yum. Yum’s key strength is that when you attempt to install a package with it, it will determine the dependency chain, fetch all the dependencies, and build & install them in the right order prior to installing the package you originally attempted to install.